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‘We are devastated and remain optimistic’

As officers name off the seek for a lacking Naples kayaker off Fort Myers Beach, a longtime pal and enterprise companion says he stays hopeful lacking kayaker Kenneth Humiston will flip up.

A bystander individual reported Wednesday they discovered an unmanned, adrift kayak roughly 2 miles southwest of Big Carlos Pass, on Fort Myers Beach. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and U.S. Coast Guard instantly launched an investigation, discovering paperwork inside the kayak belonging to Humiston, 77, of Naples.

“At Humiston & Moore Engineers we are devastated and remain optimistic,” Brett Moore, president at Humiston & Moore Engineers, wrote in an announcement. “Personally, Ken and I co-founded our firm in 1991 and worked together for 30 years. He has been and remains a mentor to me as well as a close friend.”

According to his LinkedIn web page, Humiston served as president for Humiston & Moore Engineers, 5679 Strand Court, in Naples, between 1991 and 2011. The agency focuses on civil engineering tasks inside the dynamic coastal zone, according to its website.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office stated the deserted kayak floated roughly 3 nautical miles off the coast of Bonita Beach, within the Gulf of Mexico, prompting a search comparable in measurement to the state of Rhode Island.

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Members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit, Collier County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard searched the realm, together with Estero Bay and Wiggins Pass.

The search space coated 1,193 sq. miles — nearly as massive because the 1,214-square-mile state.

When the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and U.S. Coast Guard responded around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2024, they found documents within the kayak belonging to Kenneth Humiston, 77, of Naples.When the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and U.S. Coast Guard responded around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2024, they found documents within the kayak belonging to Kenneth Humiston, 77, of Naples.

When the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and U.S. Coast Guard responded round 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2024, they discovered paperwork inside the kayak belonging to Kenneth Humiston, 77, of Naples.

Anyone with extra info is requested to contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector in St. Petersburg at 866-881-1392 or the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 239-477-1000.

Tomas Rodriguez is a Breaking/Live News Reporter for the Naples Daily News and The News-Press. You can attain Tomas at [email protected] or 772-333-5501. Connect with him on Threads @tomasfrobeltran, Instagram @tomasfrobeltran and Facebook @tomasrodrigueznews.

This article initially appeared on Naples Daily News: U.S. Coast Guard: Search for Kenneth Humiston suspended

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